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Tucker Carlson announces upcoming release of interview with Putin in Russia

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By Patrick Delaney

‘Americans have a right to know all they can about a war they’re implicated in, and we have the right to tell them about it because we are Americans too,’ the popular journalist said. ‘Freedom of speech is our birthright.’

Tucker Carlson announced a forthcoming interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating his purpose is to fulfill his duty as a journalist and counteract dishonest reporting from “corrupt” Western media that “lie[s] to their readers and viewers … mostly be omission.”

The former Fox News flagship host released the announcement on Tuesday from his new Tucker Carlson Network and on his X account (formerly named Twitter). He emphasized the monumental ramifications of the war in Ukraine and the corresponding ignorance of the American people about how it will affect them and even “define the lives of our grandchildren.”

Lamenting the “hundreds of thousands of people dead” from the war, including “an entire generation of young Ukrainians,” Carlson said “the long-term effects are even more profound. This war has utterly reshaped the global military and trade alliances,” as have the sanctions that have been imposed from the U.S. across the world.

“In total, they have upended the world economy. The post-World War II economic order, the system that guaranteed prosperity in the West for more than 80 years, is coming apart very fast, and along with it, the dominance of the U.S. dollar,” he warned.

Most the world understands these “history-altering developments” and “yet the populations of the English-speaking countries seem mostly unaware. They think that nothing has really changed … because no one has told them the truth.”

According to the Russian Sputnik English language news service that interviewed allegedly ordinary Russians on the streets in Moscow, they are delighted Carlson has come to Moscow and will be speaking with their president because of his fair and balanced reporting. It is surprising how familiar they are with him and how articulate they are in what they have to say on the topic.

Providing an example of corruption in the media, Carlson went on to consider the “scores of interviews with Ukrainian President Zelensky” in the west describing them as “fawning pep sessions, specifically designed to amplify Zelensky’s demand that the U.S. enter more deeply into a war in Eastern Europe and pay for it.”

“That is not journalism. It is government propaganda, propaganda of the ugliest kind, the kind that kills people,” he said.

“Most Americans have no idea why Putin invaded Ukraine, or what his goals are now,” he said. “That’s wrong. Americans have a right to know all they can about a war they’re implicated in, and we have the right to tell them about it because we are Americans too. Freedom of speech is our birthright. We were born with the right to say what we believe. That right cannot be taken away no matter who is in the White House. But they’re trying anyway.”

He went on to describe how the Biden administration illegally accessed his text messages three years ago and then leaked them to the press in an effort to thwart a planned interview with Putin at the time and charged them with doing the same again recently.

While billionaire X owner Elon Musk has promised to allow the Putin interview to remain on his platform, Carlson warned that “Western governments, by contrast, will certainly do their best to censor this video on other, less-principled platforms, because that’s what they do. They are afraid of information they can’t control.”

Reactions: EU may sanction Carlson, ‘traitor;’ MTG: ‘what REAL journalism looks like’

Perhaps the first sortie to come in this effort happened when a member of the European Union (EU) Parliament proposed placing sanctions on Carlson, including a “travel ban” and submitting him to further investigation.

Newsweek reported Wednesday that former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who is now serving in the EU legislative body, said that since the Russian president is considered a “war criminal, and the EU sanctions all who assist him in that effort, it seems logical that the External Action Service” should investigate Carlson.

But many conservatives in the United States have come to the popular commentator’s defense in this regard.

Fellow internet political pundit Candace Owens posted on X that such consideration by the EU official “is little more than an admission that they have been lying about everything regarding Ukraine. The narrative is about to fully collapse & they are terrified. God bless Tucker & free speech.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia wrote on X, “This is what REAL journalism looks like from @TuckerCarlson. And @elonmusk is protecting free speech and free press on this platform by allowing Tucker to interview Vladimir Putin.”

Knowing Carlson was in Moscow over the weekend, however, neoconservative Bill Kristol suggested the highest-rated cable host in history be prevented from returning to the U.S. “Perhaps we need a total and complete shutdown of Tucker Carlson re-entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” he posted on X.

Additionally, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who with Liz Cheney of Wyoming was one of only two Republicans to serve on Nancy Pelosi’s House select committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 disturbance at the U.S. Capitol, called Carlson a “traitor” and posted a poll on X asking his followers to choose whether they believe the popular analyst is “on Putin’s payroll” or if “he just LOVES him.”

In Carlson’s Tuesday announcement, he seemed to respond, “We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States, and we want it to remain prosperous and free.”

“We are not encouraging you to agree with what Putin may say in this interview, but we are urging you to watch it. You should know as much as you can. And then, like a free citizen and not a slave, you can decide for yourself,” he concluded.

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Trudeau pledges another $3 billion to Ukraine, including $4 million for ‘gender and diversity’

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By Clare Marie Merkowsky

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sent Ukraine over $13.3 billion, including $4 billion in direct military assistance since 2022.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sending another 3 billion taxpayer dollars to Ukraine, including $4 million for a “gender and diversity” initiative in the embattled country. 

On February 24, Trudeau’s office announced $3.02 billion in funding for Ukraine as it continues its war against Russia, including millions of taxpayer dollars to promote “gender-inclusive demining.” 

“Canada will provide critical financial and military support to Ukraine in 2024, including new financial support for Ukraine to meet its balance of payments and budgetary needs and stabilize its economy,” a press release promised, without explaining why it’s Canada’s role to prop up Ukraine’s economy.   

Within the 2024 funds, Trudeau promised $4 million to promote “gender-inclusive demining for sustainable futures in Ukraine.” However, the government failed to explain what gender or diversity have to do with demining, and how it is in the interest of the Canadian taxpayer to fund ideologically driven initiatives in foreign countries. 

“This project from the HALO Trust aims to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of Ukrainians, including women and internally displaced persons, by addressing the threat of explosive ordnance present across vast areas of the country,” the press release said.  

“Project activities include conducting non-technical surveys and subsequent manual clearance in targeted communities; providing capacity building to key national stakeholders; and establishing a gender and diversity working group to promote gender-transformative mine action in Ukraine,” it added.  

Additionally, $1.5 million is being given to the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining to “enhance the capacity of Ukrainian mine action institutions to implement effective and gender-responsive mine action operations, develop country-appropriate information management solutions, and lead efficient mine action donor coordination platforms.”  

Since the Russia-Ukraine war began in 2022, Canada has given Ukraine over $13.3 billion, including $4 billion in direct military assistance.   

Trudeau’s ongoing funding for Ukraine comes as many Canadians are struggling to pay for basics such as food, shelter, and heating. According to a recent government report, fast-rising food costs in Canada have led to many people feeling a sense of “hopelessness and desperation” with nowhere to turn for help. 

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The Vladimir Putin interview from Tucker Carlson

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From the X (formerly Twitter) account of Tucker Carlson

After he was fired from his job at Fox, Tucker Carlson established his own media organization called simply TuckerCarlson.com .

In the ensuing months Carlson has continued to interview newsmakers and present his opinion pieces, much as he did at Fox.

Last weekend, he flew to Moscow for his biggest interview yet.  For the first time since Russia attacked Ukraine two years ago, a major western media figure has sat down with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Here is their entire conversation as released without a paywall on X and on TuckerCarlson.com.

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